Anal Glands

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Ellie

In Dogs

This time every year my dog needs to go to vet to have his anal glands emptied.  It is so expenisve I am wondering if anyone has the experience to tell me how to relieve him of this problem myself

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buckhornbob

In Dogs

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Hello Ellie I just read your post and this article may help, I am a dog trainer and groomer by trade.Please read a save the vet bills - Thanks \Robert Dunn

Anal Glands

The anal glands are two scent sacs located inside the dog’s
anus. There’s some controversy about whether it’s a groomer’s
job to express anal sacs. Some think it’s a veterinary procedure,
whereas others seem to think it’s a groomer’s job.
Therefore, we’ll discuss this procedure here so that you understand
it. However, it’s up to you to find out whether this is a
standard procedure in the grooming salon where you work.
The anal glands are located just inside the anus at around
4 o’clock and 8 o’clock positions. These glands become filled
with a fluid that has a very pungent odor. If the sacs aren’t
expressed and the fluid emptied by either the dog when it
defecates or by the groomer during grooming, they can become
filled and rupture, which is very painful to the dog and can
require surgery to correct. So, no matter how unpleasant this
is for you and the dog, it’s beneficial to the pet in the long run.
It’s best to express the anal glands while the pet is in the tub,
so you can immediately wash the secretion away and avoid or
reduce the unpleasant odor. First, ask an assistant to hold the
animal’s head. With one hand, grab the base of the tail and
pull up. This action will move the anal sacs toward the opening
of the anus. Using your opposite hand, place your
forefinger and thumb at either side of the anus, at approximately
4 o’clock and 8 o’clock positions. Push in slightly to get
behind the sacks, which will feel like grapes under the skin.
Then, squeeze until all of the fluid is emptied out. (You may
find that the job requires more pressure than you thought!)
The secretion consistency will range from watery to toothpastelike.
The color will likely be a shade of brown; a yellow or green
color may indicate a medical problem. If the fluid is discolored,
instruct the owner to contact the veterinarian. Finally, wash
the rump and the area around the anus thoroughly.
Again, although this isn’t a pleasant thing to do, it’s beneficial
to the pet in the long run.

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